Light Of Dawn (Dawn Johnson)
What can I say about Dawn Johnson? She exudes light from within, a light that was born in the fires of adversity and now pours out onto the pages of her watercolor art.
As a child Dawn was the victim of evil men who wrecked her body, her mind, and nearly her spirit. A few years later she discovered a safe group of friends who showed her the love of Jesus Christ and began the process of healing.
Shortly after a suicide attempt she met her husband, who spent the next many years loving her through night terrors and the physical trauma she still bears to this day. Though her parents disowned her and claimed her art was worthless, he believed in her and never shamed her.
It is through sleepless nights, her body wracked with pain, that her art is forged. It serves to remind her of the truths that brought her safely out of darkness into a marvelous light, and those that know her pain will find deep comfort in the light of Dawn.
She sent me this beautiful note after I sent her a copy of her song:
“I've listened to it nearly 100 times so far. There is an incredible sunrise in there, but even more I hear one brave little facet rising from the darkness into the light, and leading other fearful, doubtful ones with her, until every voice is heard, and something happens at "mid day"... rest. A peaceful, soulful rest.”